LIBERIA: One Young Colonizer

Slender and inky black President Charles Dunbar Burgess King of Liberia welcomes nowadays many a white U. S. youth arriving to earn his fortune on the new and mighty plantations of U. S. Rubberman Harvey Firestone (TIME, Dec. 20, 1926). One such ambitious colonizer was Thomas B. Wells, 26, a Yale graduate. With his young wife he recently went out to what seemed a promising job on one of the Firestone plantations. There he contracted malaria. Prudent, he and his wife left Liberia, speeded home. Last week they were crossing the Atlantic aboard the French Line's majestic Ile de...